He doesn’t believe that the bible is credited to the word of god, but it is by someone who has just created their own stories and accounts the one and only Jesus Christ. Thomas Paine’s argues is that there is a god, but it is his own mind and not what a book of stories that have been written with no accountability. Thomas Paine states that he believes in the good of man instead of an organized religion. We make our own choices based on our own being rather than what someone who is supernatural tells us. Empirical falsehoods are stated throughout the book.
After reading about the author’s fascination with the situation in which the less religious group accepted Jesus as the son of God willingly whereas the supposed higher tier of society, deeply religious Pharisees were unable to recognize Jesus as the Messiah I can speculate a number of things. One of which is that the author is curious and reads into things in hopes of finding a pattern since they distinguished two different groups of people during the time and searched until they found a similarity. I can also ascertain that whoever wrote this reflection on the bible is a believer in Jesus being the son of God since they reference Jesus in the introduction as “the son of God” and in the closing paragraph indicate that the Pharisees did not recognize the messiah which shows that they believe Jesus was the Messiah. It also appears to me that the author of this passage may have some doubt or at least lacks clarity in the full account of the story on why the Pharisees condemned Jesus. I say this because they talk about how it doesn’t make sense why that group of people would be so quick to rule out the possibility that Jesus was who he claimed to be and that the very idea doesn’t make
Valid Arguments Believing that there is or is not a God is not a subject that many people discuss opening as a natural discussion. People believe or disbelieve in God for many reasons; they either grew up with or without religion, circumstances have happened that make people believe or disbelieve in God and many people’s views have changed just by listening to people discuss the idea of God. Two people who have been vocal about their thoughts on God are the Rev. Billy Graham and Richard Dawkins. They both are convicted with their beliefs and depending on whose arguments you believe, a person can do further research on the topic to make an educated decision on their own whether or not there is a God.
Jehovah’s Witnesses, a sect of basic Christianity, is anything but parallel in its views when compared to the Christians. From their millenarian to nontrinitarian beliefs, they hold values distinct from the other Christian religions. The unorthodox practices and beliefs held by Jehovah’s Witnesses come from a long history of evolving, from its creation in Pittsburgh, PA, to the worldwide following it has today. While getting together a group of people whom also studied the bible, Charles Taze Russell realized many of the beliefs held in the bible were different than his own. Not that this was new; he felt this way while ministering as well.
Yet as the class went on I came to realize how hollow my philosophy was, having one aspect and one aspect alone, I completely neglected the role that the Bible, God’s Word, affects our worship. In all actuality, as worship leaders we need to be just as familiar with the bible as a churches pastor. How can we lead other people to worship and hear the word of the Lord if we are not spending everyday growing closer to God through the Bible and prayer? In the book Return to Worship it stresses that worship is not a simple act but a lifestyle and this is the main factor that changed my philosophy. Even though, my philosophy prior to the class revolved around worshipping anywhere at anything with anything, my view of worship was one-sided enough that I believed it simply consisted of a short prayer said here or there.
Which raises a question: how does one really know there are no losses believing in God? Pascal fails to mention other types of religion because his argument is based on a Christian God. What if an atheist loving God existed? One may argue that there may be more to lose; therefore, he/she will oppose Pascal’s Wager due to the fact that there may be more than one God. In today’s modern world, there are believers as well as non-believers who constantly question the existence of God.
The Church, however, did not agree with what he said, and they definately didn't appreciate his critisim.They tried to get Martin to recant on what he wrote, but Martin, who was seeking peace with God, would not recant. Martin believed that his message should be heard, and it was. The reason Martin Luther wrote the Ninety-fives Theses is because the Church was no longer doing everything through God's word. Like selling indulgences. Luther thought indulgences had no real base in the bible.
There are also many religions who believe in Jesus as the son of God; other beliefs say that he was just a mere man or a prophet. C.S. Lewis is a renowned Christian apologetic; before he devoted his life to Christ he said “A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things that Jesus said wouldn't be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic on the level of a man who says he's a poached egg -- or else he would be the devil of hell; you must take your choice” (Lewis). Many religions believe in a higher power.
How could we be only a tiny part of something greater? It was believed that God created the Universe to accommodate humankind and that everything in that Universe revolved around this. It now became apparent that this is not true. During the seventeenth century the Catholic Church was quick to reject these findings. Galileo didn’t understand the conflict, and pointed out that scripture is very old and is meant to ... ... middle of paper ... ... science, and who feel that the bible should be taken literally.
And because Jehovah’s Witness do not have professional clergy, the Watchtower magazine also functions as means of distributing its doctrine and practice to faithful worldwide. These magazines claims that its content is based on bible, but when we study their own translated bible and tracts, there were many misleading interpretations, especially in Christology which makes... ... middle of paper ... ...someone who has more authority then the creation. That is divine God. When Jehovah’s Witnesses reject the divinity of Jesus Christ by saying He is a created as anything less than God, the whole salvation authority of Jesus Christ get void. Same principal applies in incarnation of Jesus formulated by Athanasius.